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Taylor Strickland is the Owner & Editor at Orlando Informer, the internationally awarded independent resource for guests visiting Orlando. In this position, he leads the website's overall direction and day-to-day operations, working with a team of writers, editors, developers, and producers.

Episode 60

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Toothsome Chocolate Emporium has started previews at Universal’s CityWalk. Taylor recaps his brave mission to acquire shakes, sweets, and savory delights. Details have been revealed for 2017’s A Celebration of Harry Potter event. Find out the dates and what, if anything, is new this year. We answer your […]

Episode 59

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: The American Horror Story house has finally been revealed for this year’s HHN. A new virtual reality experience is coming to HHN called the ‘Repository’. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium had begun team members previews, what we know about the food and theming inside. The latest on a rumor about […]

American Horror Story coming to Halloween Horror Nights

American Horror Story is coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26, Universal Orlando officials announced today. The critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series is found on FX and has run for five seasons. The sixth season debuts September 14. The Halloween Horror Nights house will focus on Murder House from Installment 1, Freak Show […]

REVIEW: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Over 1,000 photos, 10 OI Center pages, and countless visits to Sapphire Falls later… All that’s left? Our official review of the new on-site hotel. Read on to learn why Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is now my favorite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort! Sapphire Falls opened on July 14, 2016, and is the sister hotel […]

Episode 58

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Special Halloween events are announced for Universal Studios in Japan. We talk about what this could potentially mean for stateside Harry Potter lands. We have the latest on the new original houses and scare zones announced for HHN 26. We answer your questions about Sapphire Falls, HHN and […]

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 REVEALED

Universal Orlando officials have blown the lid off Halloween Horror Nights 26, sharing the details of this year’s original content that includes three original houses, five original scare zones, and two shows! Before we dive into the details of the horror, a forewarning: Now that the majority of the details of HHN 26 are revealed […]

Halloween comes to the Wizarding World Japan, more events on the horizon

In an announcement that surprised many, Universal Studios Japan revealed today that for the first time ever there will be a Halloween event in their Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This comes on the day after NBCUniversal announced a multi-business partnership which grants them the rights for “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” fan events, movie […]

Universal reveals Horror Nights house and number of zones

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders began receiving the fall mailer on Saturday. Within the seasonal packet that is mailed to most passholders is the name of an unannounced house and the first indication of the number of zones at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Tomb of the Ancients at Halloween Horror Nights 26 The packet lists […]

Krampus coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

Krampus is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, show director Charles Gray revealed on Universal’s blog today. Few details were shared about the haunted house, outside of the fact that we’ll be visiting the Engel home. Guests will run into dark elves, gingerbread men, Jack-in-the-Box, and the Teddy Bear. This appears to be […]

Episode 57

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: The Incredible Hulk finally reopens to guests at Islands of Adventure. Krampus is the latest house announced for Halloween Horror Nights 26, Taylor recaps his Universal Orlando media day, Typhoon Lagoon responds to Volcano Bay with a new attraction. We answer your questions on transportation from MCO, rum […]

New Incredible Hulk Coaster begins soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The completely redone Incredible Hulk Coast began soft opening on Monday, August 1, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The green one himself towered over the entrance as guests poured into one of the summer’s most highly anticipated attractions. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is […]

Episode 56

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We have updates on the latest changes around Universal Orlando. Latest rumors for upcoming HHN 26 announcements, The Hulk begins testing with real live people, Toothsome’s walls are down and Guardians of the Galaxy takes over the Tower of Terror at DCA. We answer your questions on Express […]

Episode 55

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Pokémon Go and how it could be the future of theme parks, Taylor has an extensive rundown of the newly opened Sapphire Falls resort, Skull Island: Reign of Kong is now, finally, officially open and new information on the scope of Nintendo Land at Universal. We answer your […]

Episode 54

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Halloween is announced for HHN 26, CityWalk was temporarily shut down for a suspicious package, An update on new theming outside Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Secret Life of Pets scores big at the box office and Universal rebrands their photo service to ‘My Universal Photos’. We answer your questions […]

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM. Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests […]

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium begins to take shape at Universal Orlando

Almost a year ago, Orlando Informer reported CityWalk’s newest addition would focus on chocolate and sweets. In March, Universal Orlando officials lifted the veil on the new addition (at the time) titled The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. The news broke the internet and became one of our most popular articles ever, shared […]

‘Halloween II’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights everyone is entitled to at least one good scare. Today Universal Orlando revealed that Halloween II will be one of the nine houses at Halloween Horror Nights 26. This is Halloween‘s second appearance at Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first house, which was constructed two years ago at […]

Episode 53

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Taylor visits a new VR experience for the Hulk coaster, menu changes at Universal restaurants, a Secret Life of Pets store opens in Toon Lagoon, we talk rumors of a 6th on-site Universal hotel. We answer your questions about Terminator replacements and more. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to […]

‘Secret Life of Pets’ store opens, attraction rumors intensify

Rumor of ‘Secret Life of Pets’ attraction coming to Universal Orlando intensifies Late last month, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke told investors Universal Parks & Resorts is in the process of creating a “Secret Life of Pets” attraction. Burke did not elaborate as to which Universal park(s) would feature this ride. Universal has parks located […]

Almost 20 new offerings added to Universal in-park restaurants

Universal Orlando has recently overhauled the menus at all of their full-service in-park restaurants, Orlando Informer has learned. The smallest number of menu changes took place at Mythos and Finnegan’s, whereas the less popular Confisco and Lombard’s were subject to a more extensive menu overhaul. In addition to adding, updating, and removing offerings, Universal also increased […]

Incredible Hulk Coaster begins to roar back to life

The Incredible Hulk Coaster is in the middle of testing, as more construction walls are dismantled and its new lighting package is tweaked. The ride, which will reopen later this summer, has a brand new story and look. Just this week, construction walls were pushed back and the ride’s marquee inched closer to completion. (The track […]

Universal Orlando Testing Hulk Virtual Reality

Universal Orlando has begun testing a Hulk virtual reality simulation in advance of the redesigned ride’s opening, Orlando Informer has learned. The simulation, which began testing earlier this week with Universal Team Members, is now open to all guests. The tests are being held in Toon Lagoon Amphitheater, a 2,000 seat venue that remains unused for the […]

Episode 52

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Volcano Bay coverage, the removal of water at the Coke Freestyle machines, and height restrictions at Universal. We answer your listener questions including why new rides break down. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Episode 51

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the new Frozen ride at Epcot, ranked the attractions in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and discuss the Volcano Bay announcement. We answer your questions about Nickelodeon at Universal and more. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Episode 50

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Chance is the icon of HHN 26, Mako opens at SeaWorld, Macy’s Holiday Parade returning. We answer your listener questions like why doesn’t the park stay open later and merchandise at CityWalk. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Skull Island: Reign of Kong now soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Skull Island: Reign of Kong began soft opening on Thursday, June 9, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The attraction swung open its large temple doors for guests who have highly anticipated the attraction for months. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is an opportunity for the […]

Mako now open at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest coaster is now open at SeaWorld. This week, Orlando Informer took on Mako and filmed the result. However, we weren’t interested in doing just another normal ride camera. Our fearless editor Max helped keep things interesting by sharing five facts you might not know about sharks. The attraction is inspired by […]

Episode 49

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss The Walking Dead returning to Halloween Horror Nights 26 and the Skull Island: Reign of Kong construction walls coming down. We answer your listener questions about Halloween Horror Nights, opening dates, and more! REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Episode 48

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss why Diagon Alley may never be repeated, seasonal pricing coming to Universal, Toothsome’s live actors, and Sapphire Falls. We answer your listener questions such as the opening date for the new Incredible Hulk. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Universal Orlando increases gate ticket prices, implements seasonal pricing

Universal Orlando is implementing seasonal pricing for one-day tickets sold at their front gate, spokesman Tom Schroder told Orlando Informer on Monday. This change increases ticket pricing at the gate during certain times of the year. Guests purchasing their 1-day tickets at the gate will now be paying higher prices during certain times of the year. […]

Episode 47

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Revenge of the Mummy, a possible delay for Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Hulk beginning testing, and the most overrated attractions at Universal. We answer your listener questions like the dispatch time for the Hogwarts Express. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Episode 46

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Downtown Orlando, the new King Kong animatronic footage, plastic annual passes turning to Universal, Universal Japan’s change in expansion plans, and eating at CityWalk for lunch. We answer your listener questions about The JAWS Ride, hear from a listener who left us a peculiar voicemail, and […]

Plastic Annual Passes confirmed by Universal Orlando

All new Universal Orlando Annual Passes will be plastic and current passholders will have the option to replace their paper ticket with plastic, Universal Orlando announced on their blog Monday. The change, which Orlando Informer first reported was being considered on April 19, will go into effect on June 3. Current passholders will not be […]

King Kong himself REVEALED for Skull Island: Reign of Kong

“This isn’t a movie. This is the real deal. [Kong will be] close enough that you’ll feel his breath sweep across your skin and his thunderous roar reverberate through every bone in your body,” Mike West said in the latest Skull Island: Reign of Kong video released by Universal Orlando on Monday. Mike West is an […]

Episode 45

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the reveal of the new Incredible Hulk Coaster story, ride vehicles, queue, and more, Toothsome’s name change, Volcano Bay construction, and Universal’s transportation hub. We answer your listener questions such as Hulk’s restraints and express at Halloween Horror Nights. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

Episode 44

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the UO InstaMeet, Comcast’s DreamWorks acquisition, Universal hiring thousands of new team members, and the recently completed room renovation at Royal Pacific Resort. We answer your listener questions including if we think there’ll ever be a Leaky Cauldron hotel and if Reign of Kong will have […]

Universal Orlando accelerates hiring, increases pay

Universal Orlando is hiring more than 2,500 new team members and continuing their plan to increase base hourly pay to $10, Resort officials shared today. New team members are being hired for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions across all of Universal Orlando this summer. The accelerated hiring includes areas such as Culinary, Food Services, Security, […]

Episode 43

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Universal Orlando character meet and greets, The Exorcist is coming to Halloween Horror Nights, a new rumored themed bar coming to Disney World, and more! We answer your listener questions like if there’s any updates on Ministry of Magic and expansion at Universal Studios Florida. REVIEW ON ITUNES […]

Mythos at Universal’s Islands of Adventure temporarily closes May 2

Mythos will temporarily close beginning Monday, May 2 for “routine maintenance”, Orlando Informer has learned. The restaurant, which has an average rating of 4.3/5 by Orlando Informer readers, is tentatively expected to reopen on Wednesday, May 25. Mythos is one of two full-service restaurants at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It is often considered the best […]

The Exorcist coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

Things just got scary. The Exorcist is the second house confirmed to be coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26. Mike Aiello announced the news on Universal Orlando’s blog today. Recognizing the movie as one of “the kings of influential horror pop culture,” Aiello admitted the house won’t be the easiest to design with the majority of […]

9 extraordinary pictures from Universal’s InstaMeet

Cameras in hand and tripods ready, Universal Orlando invited just under 30 of Orlando’s top Instagram photographers and select media outlets to photograph both parks completely empty this past weekend. As rain poured down and the park began to close for the day, Universal’s second “InstaMeet” kicked off. Below find our 9 favorite shots captured by Orlando […]

Episode 42

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: 4 changes coming to the Wizarding World, Skull Island’s new food stand, the first house at HHN 26, and Annual Pass price increase. We answer your listener questions, like what we think will be at Nintendo land and if there’ll be a big Fantastic Beasts movie premiere at […]

Universal Orlando Increases Annual Pass Prices

Universal Orlando has increased all Annual Pass prices this week, Orlando Informer has learned. Florida Residents looking to purchase the Resort’s Power Pass will see the steepest increase at 9.3%. Its non-FL resident sibling took the second highest increase at 8.3%. Universal Orlando’s Power Pass provides access to the parks during most times of the […]

Texas Chain Saw Massacre coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the first house confirmed to be coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26. Mike Aiello announced the news on the Universal blog today. The house, of course, will at least partially be set in the dilapidated Texas farmhouse. Aiello later revealed on Twitter that the house will be built in one […]

Episode 41

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We’re joined by OI developer George Reason to discuss the latest feature to launch on Orlando Informer, we discuss Disney’s new upcharge events, and all of Universal’s on-site hotel pools. We answer your listener questions, like maintenance on Universal rides and HHN. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our […]

Predictive ride wait times are now on OrlandoInformer.com

Back in February, we were excited to introduce our readers to our developer, George Reason, and announce the arrival of our new Crowd Calendar. We closed the announcement promising it was just the beginning of enhancements coming to Orlando Informer in 2016. Today, fueled by your overwhelming positive feedback we received about our smarter crowd calendar, […]

Episode 40

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Honeymooning at Universal, Marvel developments, Mako’s opening date, and information on Photo Connect. We answer a special voicemail listener question, and questions about Toothsome, Volcano Bay, SeaWorld, Disney, and more! REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN to our podcast:

7 tips for spending your honeymoon at Universal Orlando

Note from the Editor: This article was submitted by OI reader Mia Cintron. Thanks for the great submission! Want to submit your story or content idea to Orlando Informer? Contact us. The wind is blowing, the sun is shining, and you have just married the love of your life. The planning is over and it’s […]

Episode 39

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the history and details of CityWalk’s Margaritaville, the food and drinks of the Wizarding World, and the recently revealed Skull Island: Reign of Kong creatures. We answer your listener questions, like if we think Volcano Bay will be included in your annual pass next year. REVIEW […]

Episode 38

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: we discuss the drivers of your expedition through Skull Island, SeaWorld’s last generation of killer whales, early park admission at Universal, and more. We answer your listener questions like when Universal will add more thrill rides and if we could ever see Ghostbusters returning. REVIEW ON ITUNES LISTEN […]